The statistics are released. The FIQ – International Comic Book Festival, held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil last month is the largest comic convention in the American continents. With 148,000 beating San Diego’s capped 130,000 attendees.
It may pale against the likes of Japan’s Comiket and France’s Angouleme, but it’s a lot closer for the average American than either of those shows.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that FIQ just covers comics – not games, not Hollywood studios, not TV, not Twilight. Just five days of comics from 9am till 10pm. And they had thirty thousand school children show up through the show, a mix of vendors, panels, exhibitions, signings, sketching, workshops and the like. They had Brazilian creators, and creators from around the world, including an official DC prescence and an official Marvel prescence at the show, where they announced a bunch of Defenders news.
The next show will be in November 2013. You might want to start looking into tickets now. I know I am. Here’s a quick look at what I missed.
- Godshaper By Si Spurrier And Jonas Goonface – The Shape Of Comics To Come? - January 20, 2017
- Cullen Bunn Unleashes Another Monster, Regression With Danny Luckert For Image Comics - January 20, 2017
- Will Rosado Joins Catalyst Prime’s Free Comic Book Day - January 20, 2017
- Plague Of Locusts, Frogs Fall From Sky And Witchblade Returns As A TV Series Again - January 20, 2017
- Don’t Fear Kim Reaper…. Supernatural Romance Leads Oni Press’ Solicits For April 2017 - January 20, 2017